* Posts by MrT

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Radiohead hides ZX Spectrum proggie in OK Computer re-release

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That tune brings back memories...

...especially that section in the video from 1:21 to 1:25 - absolute classic Radiohead...

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Eggheads identify the last animal that will survive on Earth until the Sun dies

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Things move...

"Dwarf planets like Pluto and Eris might be able to, but are too far away to be a threat." For now...

Apparently, things in the solar system got very crashtastic for a while as Jupiter spiralled inwards in the very early stages, before being flung out to where it is now by Saturn. It's one of the reasons that there are two bands in the asteroid belt, one rocky and the other icy. Horizon (DailyMotion link).

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I'm not going to pass any comment until someone has sorted out a bowl of 1000 brown M&Ms.

I will therefore defer to the wisdom and greater understanding of Del Preston in these matters...

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Openreach kicks off 'rebrand' by painting over BT logo on vans

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Four years to change the logo...?

Ah, it must be an in-house team of crack Openreach logo technicians doing the job. The first two tries will be utterly rubbish, then they'll get it right on the third attempt.

Plus ça change, I suppose.

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Smart burglars will ride the surf of inter-connected hackability

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Re: I can imagine the fun of hacking one...

... or have it make squeaks, beeps and whistles, then get ready for a "living statue" artist in a gold suit awkwardly following it around apologising to sir/madam/General/Master Luke for its bad language.

Do the same again for three days, then on the fourth day paint one of the performer's arms red in an obvious attempt at refreshing the merchandise line, and carry on as before. No-one need ask about what happened before this unlikely pair were first noticed...

If the artist can't be bothered, replace with a gold ASIMO, or if funding's tight, one of those Pepper robots instead.

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Amazon granted patent to put parachutes inside shipping labels

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Re: It is at this point worth noting that a patent is a long way from a finished product,

The 'Your Amazon' home page may have a new section, though...

"Because you have had goods airdropped by drone delivery service:" followed by a line of things like Neurofen, bandages, witch hazel, ice packs, arnica, etc...

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Re: It would work if..

... there was some way to embed an anchor point sensor into logos from Nickleson, McKenzie, Schott, Fubu, Eto, No Fear, Carbrini, Paul's Boutique, Superdry, Lonsdale, etc. IoT - Internet of Targets. It might clear the streets a bit, but one of the downsides​ is that all deliveries made this way would end up sat outside the nearest Sports Direct store...

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Re: One of the things you can't do in the UK

Books might be heavy, but sit at the more friendly end of Amazon's freefall ordnance catalogue. Back to WW1 with a nice box of lawn darts...?

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Seminal game 'Colossal Cave Adventure' released onto GitLab

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Typing listings in - blimey, that dates us all... That book used to be available on World of Spectrum, but can now be found here. I had a copy ages ago - the cover art was just bizarre.

I've a boxset of the old Infocom text adventures - I'll raise your Zork with a Leather Goddesses of Phobos (nice to see that one sneak into a scene on The Martian)

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Japanese researchers spin up toilet paper gyroscopes for science

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Cats...

... That's a good point - I doubt feline-related variations have been factored into all this.

1-2 sheets : tiddle

R(s) sheets, where R is the remaining sheets on the roll, and s is the likelihood that the roll is almost full before the incident (scaled from 1 to 0) : Tiddles

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Try not to scream: Ads are coming to Amazon's Alexa – and VR goggles

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"OK, you can scream now..."

Careful, now - the other day I had a bit of a coughing fit: my phone thought it sounded enough like "OK Google" to launch a voice search. What it searched for was gibberish, and none of the results included "cough sweets" of any sort...

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Android O-mg. Google won't kill screen hijack nasties on Android 6, 7 until the summer

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For a clearer view...

... go to the image's regmedia link and remove the crop and size tags:

https://regmedia.co.uk/2017/05/09/marshmallow_shutterstock.jpg

Marshmallows cooked by the Chef from South Park, maybe?

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US copyright law shake-up: Days of flinging stuff on the web and waiting for a DMCA may be over

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Partial moderation/approval...

"Instead, if this becomes accepted law, companies would have to consider what their moderation policies are and whether they need tightening. It is likely that this would only impact sites that don't allow any content to go up unless they are approved, but even so, it would be a significant shift in the law."

Where would that leave sites where some parts are moderated/approved, and others parts are not...? Especially if it's not obvious which part is which until a post is made, and even then only the person posting can see the "awaiting approval" notification.

;-)

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Huawei used cheap-as-chips chips in some P10s, now buyers want to boil it in oil

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Re: We're Listening™

© NSA, used with permission

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40,000 Tinder pics scraped into big data service

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Spear & Jackson no.3...

It's a Ripping Yarn, sho nuff, but it seems 'Stuart Colianni' is a pseudonym; his real name is Eric Olthwaite, allegedly, and he's clearly a misguided fan of gardening tools...

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Another career suicide as reporter leaves The Register for broadcaster

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Move #1...

... in the ElReg annexation of News International.

Phase two will be signalled by the key word "boffin" being read out by Sky Newscasters, and the introduction of 'linguini' and 'brontosaurus' in any story that requires accurate dimensions to be conveyed. Steer clear of introducing the ones about volume for now...

Fare thee well!

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Software woes keep NASA's new crewed missions grounded

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"Tell me this isn't a government operation."

Sounds like a square canister into round hole problem all over again...

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(You can't) buy one now! The flying car makes its perennial return

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"... I have no interest in childish double-entendres." ... - A. Dabbs, Esq., 14/4/17

Normal service has been resumed. Rumours of an airborne snatch squad descending on unsuspecting pedestrians walking stifly along between gym and newsagent have been greatly exaggerated...

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Wait – we can explain, says Moby, er, Docker amid rebrand meltdown

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Re: Moby

I'm not worried at all, one of these mornings if the rebrand all goes wrong they will look back in and say "At least we tried..."

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Game authors demand missing ZX Spectrum reboot royalties

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Re: I'm confused

That's what happened with some of the software I wrote back then (Speccy and QL). Eventually they've all ended up as freeware, some earlier than others, always by agreement with the publishers.

In one case I wrote a program out of personal interest, and could have made much more by publishing it in a series of articles. However, it caught the eye of one publisher and so I worked with a couple of people to release it for sale. The profits were never the aim, and whatever was generated, even up to as late as last year, was offered to me if I should choose, or could go to a charity (changed from time to time by the publisher - the last one was UNICEF). On the 30th anniversary of the publisher bring in business, we agreed to retire that last title to freeware.

None of what I wrote would have been included on the Vega or Vega+, (they weren't games), but permission should always be sought where possible - I was always asked before anything happened and can understand why those affected by this would be annoyed, even if they only wanted to see evidence of their contribution to a charity.

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Switch on your smartphone camera and look how fertile I am

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Too big to flush...

The Man Who Knew Too Little

Hawkins: Spencer, did you flush?

Wallace: I think she's going to do that. Don't you, pal? I'll ask her. Lori!

Hawkins: [quietly to Daggenhurst] He's taking to her!

Roger: She's still in the bowl?

Hawkins: Maybe he tried to flush her, but she floated back up!

Roger: Tell him to flush her! Spencer knows how to deal with floaters.

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".. I have no interest in childish double-entendres."

Come again...?

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Troll it your way: Burger King ad tries to hijack Google Home gadgets

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Re: Shout through the letterbox

You forgot to confirm the order with "Yes! Yes!! YES!!!" ...

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Microsoft's new hardware: eight x86 cores, 40 GPU cores

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Re: Sorry to be pedantic but...

... chickens the size of oxen might be useful, if a tad unruly...

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It's 30 years ago: IBM's final battle with reality

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Re: succesful standard

And the PS/2 port for mice/keyboards.

The Model M keyboard set a high standard that many modern items still struggle to beat...

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Head of US military kit-testing slams F-35, says it's scarcely fit to fly

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Hang on...

... F-35A and F-35C are having problems not burning up, so that's a rare plus point for the B. Frying pans - who knew?!

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Reg now behind invisible HTML5 Bitcoin paywall

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Nice one, Team Reg...

Has anybody seen my chameleon? It wandered over this article, made an odd clicking noise, and now I can't find it anywhere...

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Pirate of the Caribbean to play Hacker of the Caribbean

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Quick...

... add Idris Elba or Wesley Snipes to the list. Or Whoopi Goldberg...

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US Customs sued for information about border phone searches

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Re: JD...

... "shower shorts!" Season 3 - nicely remembered :-)

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Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?

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Re: Progress bar lies

Some that use a clock end up guessing then adding more time (for example, deleting a snapshot on a VM, which I see more on VirtualBox than others, but YMMV).

Others equate number of files copied as equivalent to percentage complete, regardless of size of the file, or other associated housekeeping that needs doing, so the progress bar goes in fits and starts (punctuated by long stops).

Then there are ones that split up the install into 'initialise', 'copy files', 'install files', 'configure system', 'post process cleaning', 'removing backups', etc., each step with a run-through of a full 100% progress bar.

And those that reckon to offer a /q "silent" install, but still wait for occasional confirmation key presses, usually at 20% through a 2 hour process that you walked away from after 10 minutes, but didn't notice for an hour or so.

Too many different ways for software to give me the irrits, TBH. Impatience sucks like a limpet on a lemon...

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Spotted: Bizarre SpaceX rocket-snatching machine that looks like it belongs on Robot Wars

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"Alexa, lock the doors...

"...and then vacuum the landing pad."

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Norfolk County Council sent filing cabinet filled with kids' info to a second-hand shop

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Norfolk County Council...

... are almost permanently featured somewhere in Private Eye. Child 'M', foster carer fiasco, Children's Services rated inadequate, winning the Eye's 'Whitewash Award for Local Government' in 2015, etc. They've a reputation of burying the truth and protecting NCC officials, so don't expect anyone to be named as responsible for this latest dropped bollock any time soon, if at all.

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Judge issues search warrant for anyone who Googled a victim's name

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Re: but what if..

I also know my own name is rare but there's at least 5 that live within 50 miles of me(one owns a fish and chip restaurant that I keep meaning to try out).

Ah, so you are really Sgt. Elvis Presley? ;-)

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Boffins Rickroll smartphone by tickling its accelerometer

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Re: Night-clubs

Sooooo, that's what Skrillex was all about...

This could end up like an audible version of Barcode Battlers.

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'Password rules are bullsh*t!' Stackoverflow Jeff's rage overflows

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Re: It only makes it easier to crack...

Apart from the double-letters, 'Password rules are bullsh*t!' would appear to be acceptable... password.kaspersky.com reports "Your password will be bruteforced with an average home computer in approximately 10000+centuries".

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ZTE-gads! Chinese giant fined $900m by Uncle Sam for Iran trade deals

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وای نه. ما واقعا به دنبال به جلو به که روتر

Don't worry - TalkTalk have a bunch of really good routers that they can let you have...

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Raw TRAPPIST-1 data lands tomorrow for crowdsourced hijinks

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That star moves about a lot...

"At 44 light years distance..." - most sources have it at 39-40ly (Wikipedia has it at 39.5 ± 1.3ly).

Which is roughly 12 parsecs, not nearer 14, Rey... I'd request a new Reg Standard Unit, but the Kessel Run usually took 18 parsecs, so it needs to be more specific - HSKR or MFKR, maybe...?

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Slack quick to whack account hijack crack

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it's good to hear...

...when a company gets it. This sort of thing needs an award of some sort, as an antidote to all the 'up yours' responses and "we take security very seriously" empty canned statements from leaky megacorps.

Design idea for the award - an exclamation mark, in purple...

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US Congress to NSA: How many Americans do you illegally spy on?

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Hoover?

Cover up? Give us a Clue...

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US military drone goes AWOL, ends up crashing into tree 623 miles away

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Re: The Shadow

Of course it ended up in a tree - that's where squirrels live. After all, it is The Shadow, and it never misses...

I wonder if this one had 'Amy Hardwick' on the nose art?

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Samsung phones, Apple's iPhones are 'overpriced', says top Huawei exec

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Re: It sounds like the old Windows cruft idea

Android keeps logfiles that build over time. If you've a Samsung device, dial *#9900# and select the second option on the menu that this opens - "Delete dumpstate/logcat" - I tried this on an old Galaxy S2 that had slowed to a crawl and saved well over a gig of internal storage - the phone's now usable again and updates as much as it is able.

The same trick also worked on an S3, though that has a different memory model and wasn't complaining about running out of storage - it has made it more reliable though, since it was crashing daily when running its TRIM routine on internal RAM, something that hasn't happened since clearing those logfiles.

YMMV, and AFAIK that code only works for Samsung - worth a try if that's you. It doesn't need root access either.

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The Psion returns! Meet Gemini, the 21st century pocket computer

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Re: I still have my Psion netBook

Nice - IIRC there was a choice of leather cover, though lots got shipped with black or dark blue. I was looking at either a Series 7 or netBook Pro after happily using an original Series 5 for a few years. In the end, falling laptop prices and a donated US-spec 5mx kept me happy. Laptops come and go, but I've still got both S5s in the attic.

I used to travel on the train a lot, and remember writing some of my editorials for CastleCops on the original S5, then hooking up my Motorola T250 handset over IR to email them off to be published. The OPL language was easy to use too.

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New UK laws address driverless cars insurance and liability

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SAAB...

... for example - plenty still on the roads, physically maintained etc.

Now extend the 'out of business' idea to a car model deemed 'out of date' by the manufacturer - "Sorry mate, that's the Model 3. The latest software only applies to Model 3S or later". What then? Choose to have a fair chunk of the purchase disabled (the self-drive functions) as it is now uninsurable? Scrap the car?

There would have to be a way of keeping or maintaining vehicles in those sort of situations, just like you can still maintain a Jag E-Type these days, 40 years after production finished...

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SpaceX blasts back into the rocket trucking business

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Re: Near miss?

Not sure - just watching the post-launch news conference to see if it gets mentioned. At that altitude it's probably something that came off as part of the staging - it's just before the re-entry burn that puts the booster on a different trajectory.

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Top-down rocket-eye view...

... of the landing is here...

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A webcam is not so much a leering eye as the barrel of a gun

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Black Mirror...

Shut Up and Dance...

I've only used black gaffer tape on the kids' laptop, until they grew out of the stage where Cbeebies games with their face on the Tellytubby sun were fun - there are loads of games like that. The Logitech golfball I use on this one has a flip-down cover, and is so old the drivers kick up a fuss, so sits unplugged on the shelf behind me.

Times move on, though - selfie cameras on phones will be much more common these days, and many digital assistants are always listening...

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Installing disks is basically LEGO, right? This admin failed LEGO

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Re: HTFU?

Special hammers are covered in the "How To..." section of the FU .man file.

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Dead cockroaches make excellent magnets – now what are we supposed to do with this info?

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Shields up!

"Polarise the hull plating"

Maybe having cockroaches that can withstand even more punishment is an advantage? Of course, Rentokill will now have to start bringing phase cannons to clear out an infestation, and the collateral damage may be spectacular...

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Bruce Schneier: The US government is coming for YOUR code, techies

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Re: Traveling in the Donner Pass Has Improved

Mr Plow fighting through the drifts to deliver extra-hot chili sauce.

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Welcome to my world of The Unexplained – yes, you're welcome to it

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Re: Battery box...

Ha! They had a reputation, but this wasn't a bad one - we kept it for another 9 years and 65k-ish miles, but had to scrap it after the rear subframe failed when the car was worth buttons. Shame, because it was a nippy little thing. It still had most of the older 205-style chuckability, which finally got killed off with the lardy 207,

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